“Do Not Call Anyone, ‘Father’, except God”- Jesus. Pope Francis Disagrees. Obviously.

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Most of my Christian friends have called Catholicism a cult.  I have never agreed.  But having observed these Catholics attacking me in such a vile manner has opened my eyes to an inherent danger in Catholicism- namely, their disobedience to Christ’s command that we never call a human, ‘Father’ or ‘Rabbi’ or even, ‘Teacher’.  Because the Catholic Church chose to disobey this clear command outlined in fine detail in the entire chapter of Matthew 23, they now suffer from a significant percentage of people who idolize the pope.  The people who are attacking me actually say that I am ‘blaspheming’ against the Pope!  Imagine that.  Blaspheming a mere man.  How can that be?  One can only blaspheme against God!  To some, the Pope has become God.  This is what comes of disobeying Christ.

These very same people also show a huge deficit in scriptural learning.  Many actually say that the Old Testament is no longer valid.  And due to this ignorance, they say that God’s specific order to Ezekiel to warn others of their sin is no longer valid.  Therefore, in their minds, we are not to ‘judge’ the Pope.  And yet, they also refuse to respond to the New Testament scripture where Jesus expressly commands us to not call anyone ‘Father’ except God- where he told us that we are all equal-  spiritual brothers.  I am convinced that the Catholic’s disobedience on this command is what is causing such a problem today.  This Pope, who clearly wishes to lead the world into a new ‘progressive’ notion of Christ, will easily lead hundreds of thousands to their death.

Jesus knew what he was saying.  His commands are for a reason.  By creating a priesthood, with ever higher orders of priests, they create the illusion that the higher up the priest ladder you go, the holier you are.  And thus, the Pope must be a perfect, or near perfect man.  One woman said that the Holy Spirit would never allow the Pope to say anything wrong.  To her, the Pope is somehow so closely attached the to Holy Spirit that his free will is gone.  As if the Holy Spirit and the Pope are one. That is why they say I ‘blaspheme’ against the pope.  Because they have put him on a pedestal and are convinced that they are the spiritual plebeians while he is the spiritual king.   And because of this belief in his spiritual infallibility, they will follow him anywhere. THIS is why Christ told us to not call anyone ‘Father’ or ‘Rabbi’ or even ‘Teacher’.  It gives one man the power to lead millions to their death.

Christ understands the human need to worship.  He understands how easily we can be swayed away from true God worship to idol worship.  THAT is the danger of disobedience.  What may look small to you can result in a grave situation.  Jesus dedicated few words to this topic.  And perhaps people think, ‘Aw, that can’t be too much of a big deal, right?  I mean, it isn’t as bad as embezzling or murder, right?’  Wrong.  Putting one man above another in the spiritual realm is a terrible thing and results in human worship.  As we are seeing.

The pope is not a good man.  I am not a good woman.  We are all plagued with dirty sin.  The difference between the pope and me is our relative influence on the world.  The same Catholics who are berating me now wish to bring up Christ and how he ate with the ‘sinners’.  But do you also realize how very, very harsh he was to the priests?  He dedicated an entire speech, full of ‘woes’ and the word, ‘hypocrite’ to them!  It is the most scathing speech from Jesus I have ever read.  I believe the reason he was kind to the ‘regular’ sinners and harsh with the priests is because of the immense influence these men had on society.  Jesus knew that the priests were completely aware of their gross hypocrisy and sin- which made them far more culpable than ‘regular’ sinners.  One of the sins he laid on the priests was that they would not enter the kingdom of heaven and they would ensure that no one else entered either.   He said, ““Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”   Their false teachings prevented others from finding God.  It was the intention, within the snake like hearts of the priests, that truly angered Jesus.  The ‘regular’ sinners only hurt themselves & so, required compassion.  The priests knowingly harmed thousands and so,  required severe censor.

Jesus’ command and warning to never call any human, ‘Father’ came directly before he delivered this scathing condemnation on the priests in Matthew 23.  They go together- a warning to us and the censor of the priests.  To me, the greatest error of the Catholic Church is the disobedience to Christ’s command that we do not set up a spiritual hierarchy of men.  It won’t be child molestation that brings down the Catholic Church, it will be THIS disobedience that will do it.
Matt 23: 23-36

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. 

15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!

33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation.

18 comments

  1. The first instance of a Christian spiritual leader being called “Father” is straight out of the Bible:

    “I am writing to you, FATHERS, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, FATHERS, because you know him who is from the beginning…”

    Calling a priest “Father” is an ancient custom that has absolutely no bearing on our salvation. No one is forced to call a priest Father. It is a *polite* custom that harks straight back to the BIBLE where Paul calls himself our spiritual father. It’s that simple!:

    “I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many FATHERS. For I became your FATHER in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

    WHERE did Paul then qualify this with, “Ah but this spiritual fatherhood of mine expires when I die, or is only applicable to X church or…”? Isn’t this exactly the argument given by the heathens, that “X Y Z doesn’t apply anymore, that was just back in Bible times, etc etc.”?? Susan, you really are trying very hard here to work around that which is blatantly obvious. The Bible is clear and does not require any “help” …

    From the BIBLE again:

    “And the high priest said, ‘Is this so?’ And Stephen said: ‘Brethren and FATHERS, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our FATHER Abraham…'”

    I guess Paul is going to hell? “Honor your FATHER and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 FATHERS, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

    So… what do you call the man from whose loins you sprang? “Male Parental Unit”?

    DO you re-word the 10 Commandments to read, “Honor thy Male Parental Unit and Mother…”??

    I guess Jesus is wrong too, when He Himself tells the story where, “And he (the rich man) called out, ‘FATHER Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'”

    So, are you telling me that the, uh, Bible is contradicting itself or something? 2,000 years of using the polite custom of calling spiritual leaders “Father”, as per the BIBLE, and Susan Shannon knows better?

    There is a huge difference in a spiritual leader *participating* in the spiritual fatherhood of God, through God, in God ~ and someone that is trying to make themselves out to BE God. We have only one Creator, our only *true* Father, in that He creates us at the moment of conception. But the human male that fertilizes that egg *participates* in the Fatherhood of God, co-creating that child via the gift of life that God gives to men and women: and then continuing in fatherhood throughout that child’s life. In the same way a **spiritual** father, a leader in the Church of Christ, helps to bring into spiritual birth, and helps maintain that spiritual life, of every Christian. It really is that simple.

    Either that or THE BIBLE CONTRADICTS ITSELF! I mean, we are told:

    “But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brethren.”

    Yet read such verses as James 3:1 and Ephesians 4:11 ??

    We are told, “Neither be called masters, for you have one master, the Christ.”

    Yet… read Hebrews 13:17, which uses the same Greek root for “leader” that also gives us the word “Master” AND we are told to submit to these master/leaders.

    There are only two choices here: Christ was warning us not to make gods out of mere men, warning us to always be careful to only *participate* in the Fatherhood and Leadership of God rather then trying to BE the Father and Leader unto yourself OR… The Bible is full of lies and contradictions as the heathens claim.

    • Saint Martha. please. I ALREADY answered this point. You are mixing up the various uses of FATHER in the bible. Of course the bible is not in contradiction. Please see my previous answer and don’t repeat yourself.

  2. I had a “discussion” with a RC priest many years ago on this subject. He insisted that since Peter said that no Scripture is “of private interpretation” the meaning of Scripture must be given by the voice of the (RC) church. I pointed that the little word “of” indicates origin, not meaning. He said that the real meaning would have to come from the church, not some “private” person. So their preconceived position is that they are right, and the rest of us must accept that. (I don’t).

  3. Good, for once someone that knows how to read…but what about where does this come from,
    you may not like it,, but this is from Paul, a truth deciever.

    • I don’t believe that. Apostle Paul wrote most of the New Testament. If you believe that God allowed all those ‘false’ books to be included in the New Testament, then God is not God- is he? You either must accept the whole or reject the whole. Either God is capable and willing to provide a book for us or he isn’t.

  4. Dear SLR, I found your post very helpful, as I grew up in a VERY catholic family (my auntie being a household help of a catholic priest who was and still is very self-centered and manipulative)- I was taught that the pope is unfallible which I found always to be unbearable and despicable. I was not on very good terms with my family and left the Christian belief for staying in buddhist circles for almost two decades. I only returned to Christ 2 years ago and still have a lot of fights within myself as I have this catholic heritage inside me which makes me belief that I have to think of myself as a lowly and unworthy sinner and of the priests as the glorious representatives of Christ.

    • You need to rid yourself of that notion. Get to know your pastor. Talk to him. You will see that he is just a guy. And that he considers himself as such. He is the leader of the church- but he is not your spiritual superior. If you remind yourself of this enough times, you will have a new reality. READ the bible. IT will justify these thoughts and you will find amazing comfort. If you are not a regular bible reader and want a good reading order, I wrote this that you can use.

  5. Girlfriend, if past lives were actually true, I’m pretty sure we would have been sisters or at least shared some sort of blood relation. I LOVE what I have read of your posts. I found your blog when I was doing some digging on the Sandy Hook shooting, and all I could think about was how shocked I was that someone else believed the exact same thing. The more I began talking about my opinion on the entire situation, the more people I found who could actually fathom that something like a setup could take place. Keep on keepin’ on, sister. Loving what you’re writing about!

  6. Right on, m’dear! Catholics (or any believer for that matter) need to answer a question honestly when it comes to their belief….f there’s a “person/doctrine/particular denomination” that you’re counting on for your salvation, in addition to what Christ already did, then I would search the scriptures and rethink my belief. It’s Christ, plus NOTHING, that gets you saved and keeps you saved. If you’re in fear that if you turn away from any particular person/doctrine/denomination because you will lose your salvation, that is a good indicator that you’ve fallen hook line and sinker for the wrong teaching…

  7. Susan, I realize this comment will never see the light of day. That is just fine with me. Sadly, I had forgotten to block your bigoted blog from my email. That will not be a problem in the future. However, I have read your posts on SLR on FB. I have now seen this blog. My question to you is what exactly do you want? You can’t have it both ways. You cannot refuse to accept an apology, then go and boohoo all over facebooks about how the “Catholics” don’t love you anymore and you just don’t understand why someone would claim to love every word from your mouth, then suddenly they mysteriously changed somehow overnight and are now rejecting you. I see you for the stripes you wear girlfriend. Yeah, it is just a publicity gig for you because that is all you care about. The mileage you can get out of the Catholics and the Pope, whether your words have any truth to them or not, which they do not, is of primary importance to you. You have allowed heinous remarks to remain on your facebook posts, including the one regarding “Catholic priests like illegal immigration because it gives the priests more little boys to molest.”. If you truly cared about relationships, you would have communicated in a non verbally abusive manner to me and my family. Instead, you were verbally abusive when I attempted to apologize with no strings attached to your Project Redemption. Then you were verbally abusive again when I respectfully commented on your post regarding erroneous misinterpretation of the Pope’s words. Then you blocked my family member and me because that “is just how you roll….” Sadly, you think all of this is done in secret. It is not. You need to be aware that God sees how you treat people, nothing is secret. You spout Ezekial on why you may spread lies about the Pope and chastise Catholics. Did you bother to read any of the Bible versus I flew your way regarding essentially to guard your words from evil and untruths and hurtful words. No, of course not. You only care about how much pain you think you can inflict upon someone that has supposedly hurt you. Someone that also apologized to put an end to this ridiculous interaction. Interestingly, though you do not deserve this much grace, my family and I have been having some very interesting conversations with our friends publicly on facebook. The only difference is we provide you the respect you should be giving to everyone else. We focus on your bigoted, self aggrandizing, malarkey without ever publicly mentioning your name or facebook page or blog. Again, you are only interested in power and publicity for your page, with little interest of representing any sort of truth. You think the Catholics give one wit what lies you are perpetuating now. The one billion Catholics have very little interest in anything you have to say, because we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the one who knows all and sees all. Jesus is our Lord and the Pope is the successor of St Peter and the head of the Mother Church. Without Catholics, you would not even have a Bible to use to further spew your venom and untruths. Ponder that for a moment.

    So again, if you are going to block people and put up propaganda regarding them, I would ask, what is it you want. You want a “You are forgiven for lying about a faith 1 billion people hold dear to their hearts”? You got it. You want a “You are forgiven for not taking the plank out of your own eye before verbally abusing the speck in mine”? You got it. You want a “We were never friends, facebook is a facade that makes relationships look like friendships. They are not.”? (You cannot be true friends with someone that you have never spoken to or met in person.) You got it. You want a “I respect that you kicked me off of Project Redemption since I was not living up to the Evangelical baloney that you all require.” (You cannot kick someone off your project that had already resigned all secret groups and pages and friends) You got it. You can have all of this and more. I really don’t care. I am totally continuing to block you. I will not waste another breath, heartbeat, or sneeze on someone that I don’t even know who perpetuates lies about a faith that I hold dear and is verbally abusive.

    My suggestion to you is to go back to Bible 101. Get on your knees and pray. Spend time with your precious children and spouse. Get a hobby. Have a life. Learn to love, everyone at all times. Sadly, I pity you, Susan. I pray for you daily. I am sorry for the way that I left PR. I should have gone to your HL and addressed all the Evangelicals untrue, bigoted click and share b.s. directly before leaving. I was weak. I don’t like confrontation. I decided the best way for all of us was for me to leave silently. But “NO”, you and the rest of your group could not allow that. And so here we are. You continue to lie. I continue to be upset. Well as a woman on a Catholic conservative group that I belong to said,”You and your PR people are not worth a sneeze.”

    I asked God for a sign. Whether I should find a way to publicly apology to PR. I waited and prayed and watched. He did give me a sign. I am reading the book Wounded By God’s People. As I turned the page, this quote regarding Hagar in Genesis was the only thing printed on the page, “and the woman went…” So I know what I need to do at this point. I am going. You will not hear from me again. Continue to perpetuate your lies if you must, if it makes you feel better. Perhaps someday, we will meet in heaven and at that time you will see that Catholics who believe in the Pope’s teachings are there with all the Evangelicals.

    I will continue to pray for you, Susan. May you receive God’s wisdom and love so that it is enough for you. that you turn from hurting others, to being a true and loving Christian to even the least. Joan

    • I assume this is Joan Jernigan Travers. You play the martyr very well. Your apologies are of the sort that blame others. Like, “I’m sorry you are so stupid.” No thanks. And it was you who quit like a baby and unfriended everyone before you even spoke to anyone. You are a very over-sensitive, emotional trainwreck. The fact that you can’t see how your ‘relation’ spoke to me is funny. Also, I most certainly did not allow some comment about priests molesting immigrant boys. If that is there today, it is news to me. As for you leaving, I am relieved. You have been a headache from start to finish. I can only hope that your vinegar and spite doesn’t continue to badmouth the hard working Christians on Project Redemption. Not that I worry too much. No one reads your blog anyway. But still. Shame on you.

    • nonsense. So you would use other people who violate this Word to justify the blatant disobedience of Catholics? The Jews have rejected Christ- and all that he said. So they are in complete defiance to Christ. Their example certainly can’t stand. The word ‘teacher’ in education for secular matters doesn’t qualify either- It is CLEAR from the way that Jesus first told the ‘regular lay people’ to not call anyone ‘father’, ‘teacher, or ‘rabbi’ and THEN let loose on the priests that the PRIESTS are of whom he spoke. That the lay people should no longer call the PRIESTS, ‘father’. He was ending the notion of spiritual hierarchy- that one stands above another BEFORE GOD. This sad article chastises people for taking verses out of context and then does the exact same thing itself. By reading the whole chapter, one gets the meaning perfectly. We are spiritual and EQUAL brothers before God. Thus, no one should claim to be otherwise. Pastors are not called any of those names. Nor does the title denote any kind of spiritual superiority. The Catholics, on the other hand, HAVE BLATANTLY disregarded this command. And that is why they are suffering today. People TRUST in people rather than God. They leave their kids with a HUMAN MAN because he is a priest when they would never do so for other men. It is wrong and you know it.

      • It’s not “other peoples word” that is the issue, its YOUR interpretation that is faulty.
        Saint Paul ( you know him from the bible) said CLEARLY that he because a “father” through the GOSPEL. That is what priests are.

        1 Cor.4 14 “I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. 15Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.”

        it’s all explained here: http://connecticutcatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2013/02/call-no-man-father-explained.html

      • No, I don’t misunderstand at all. he is not assuming the TITLE of ‘father’. He is only telling them that he had been appointed by Christ himself to teach the meaning of Christ, his life, his ministry, his death and his resurrection. Which, you know he was. Jesus personally appeared to him to go to the Gentiles. He was speaking as a father to children. And HE, above all people, was directly appointed to do so. He wrote most of the New Testament. Having read his letters, I know that no man could have that kind of wisdom- it had to come from God. No man could have tied Christ’s work so completely and profoundly to the Old Testament laws and prophecies. He also set up all the first Christian churches and gave them guidance on how to BE a church. Never did he recommend any kind of priests or hierarchies. On the contrary. He never held any kind of official position in any church. Most of the time, he was traveling or in jail. So, it is clear that when Paul calls himself their father- he means that he feels that responsibility to teach- as he was personally ordered to do by Christ. The father term here is also used as an endearment. Not as a call to set up one man over another. In fact, Paul never lived off the church at all. He never took any money from them unless they sent it as gifts. He lived in poverty and worked hard to make tents to sell. He supported himself and the disciples who traveled with him. So he can’t be advocating a priesthood supported by the church. The priests of the CC, on the other hand, do live off the church. They live richly off the church. And they set themselves up as morally superior. They set themselves up as the only ones who can provide special ‘sacraments’. They set themselves up as translators of God’s Word even though NONE of them received a personal visitation as Paul did. They set themselves up as NECESSARY for a person’s salvation. No sacrament, no salvation. So, please. don’t go there! YOU KNOW what I am saying is true. You Catholics DO believe priests are more godly, more moral and somehow almost divine. That is why it is ‘sacrilege’ to say bad things about the pope. It is not possible to blaspheme a person. Yet many of you Catholics claim I am ‘blaspheming’ the pope. Give me a break. YOU are trying to twist Paul’s meaning. But it doesn’t fly. Paul would be the very LAST person to live off the church.

  8. I normally don’t comment on Catholic matters, as I’m not (I’m Orthodox). But you may want to consider why you were attacked in the first place. Here is a bit of research, and it holds up scripturally (which is the only litmus test Protestants pay any attention to):

    “To understand why the charge does not work, one must first understand the use of the word “father” in reference to our earthly fathers. No one would deny a little girl the opportunity to tell someone that she loves her father. Common sense tells us that Jesus wasn’t forbidding this type of use of the word “father.”

    In fact, to forbid it would rob the address “Father” of its meaning when applied to God, for there would no longer be any earthly counterpart for the analogy of divine Fatherhood. The concept of God’s role as Father would be meaningless if we obliterated the concept of earthly fatherhood.

    But in the Bible the concept of fatherhood is not restricted to just our earthly fathers and God. It is used to refer to people other than biological or legal fathers, and is used as a sign of respect to those with whom we have a special relationship.

    For example, Joseph tells his brothers of a special fatherly relationship God had given him with the king of Egypt: “So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt” (Gen. 45:8).

    Job indicates he played a fatherly role with the less fortunate: “I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know” (Job 29:16). And God himself declares that he will give a fatherly role to Eliakim, the steward of the house of David: “In that day I will call my servant Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah . . . and I will clothe him with [a] robe, and will bind [a] girdle on him, and will commit . . . authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah” (Is. 22:20–21).

    This type of fatherhood not only applies to those who are wise counselors (like Joseph) or benefactors (like Job) or both (like Eliakim), it also applies to those who have a fatherly spiritual relationship with one. For example, Elisha cries, “My father, my father!” to Elijah as the latter is carried up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kgs. 2:12). Later, Elisha himself is called a father by the king of Israel (2 Kgs. 6:21). “

    • Ruby, not sure where you are going with that. Paul also said he was a father to one of the churches. One must look at the entire chapter to see what Christ meant. First, he told the lay people to never all anyone ‘father’ and THEN he turned directly afterwards and whipped the priests of the day with all those ‘woes’ and ‘hypocrites’ and ‘den of vipers’ and such. It is CLEAR that when he said, ‘father’, ‘teacher’ and ‘rabbi’ , he didn’t mean a family connection- or anything metaphorically familial, he meant SPIRITUAL father. As in, someone superior, someone holier, someone closer to God than you. He also proclaimed us all BROTHERS. he didn’t mean family, he meant spiritual equals. The Catholics have blatantly disregarded this command- which is why they have such a large percentage of followers that think the Pope is either perfect or near perfect. And so, one man can lead millions to their spiritual deaths. Believe me, I know exactly what I am saying.

      As for WHY I was attacked in the first place, I know exactly why. You don’t, apparently. I was attacked for the simple reason that I called Pope Francis ‘evil’ for denying the blood of Christ and for disregarding the bible in the matter of homosexuality. THAT is the reason some rabid Catholics began the instant name calling. THIS article is WHY I believe so many reacted in that manner: ie, they think the Pope is actually HOLY. Which is blatant nonsense. He is no holier than me. He is just a guy- and clearly, a guy who has been utterly corrupted.

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