The Following is a quotation and synopsis of Pope Francis’ evolving view of marriage…
“Pope Francis insists individual conscience should be guiding principle for Catholics negotiating complexities of sex, marriage and family life in major document that rejects emphasis on black-and white rules for faithful… In 256 page document titled “The Joy Of Love,” Pontiff makes no change in church doctrine, but makes clear Francis wants enormous change in way priests instruct Catholics… Francis says church must no longer sit in judgment and “throw stones” at those who fail to live up to Gospel’s ideals of marriage and family life.”
The Bible leaves no “complexities” regarding family life and marriage. It is very, very black and white. Instead of submitting in faithfulness to the Word of God, Pope Francis’ philosophy is “if you can’t beat ’em, join them.” The aforementioned quotation of the pontiff rings with the New World Order. It also emphasizes the Catholic belief that when the Pope speaks “Ex Cathedra,” his word is divine and can even supersede the Holy Scriptures! Should the individual conscience be in charge of spiritual issues? According to the pope, your conscience triumphs over Holy Writ. Although we love those who are sinners, we do NOT amend our beliefs in order to accommodate their perverted life styles. No one is throwing stones at those who do not obey the commandments- they simply need to repent like everyone else. The Lord has no other side roads to heaven, and His Word says “…to obey is better than sacrifice…” (I Samuel 15:22). Jesus’ Word says to “…repent or perish…” (Luke 13:3, Luke 13:5). “Complexities” is a very Politically Correct (PC) word choice that simply circumvents the clarity of the Scriptures. i.e. Pope Francis ignores the Biblical mandate for the sinner to repent. In my opinion, this watered down “Gospel” is classic doctrine in the “Seeker Friendly Church,” the “Emerging Church,” and the Catholic teaching that papal dogma ecilipses the Bible! In Christ, Pastor Steve
“The doctrinal ignorance of the evangelical church is shocking. Matched only by its’ cowardice I fear.”
Spoken in a message concerning the apostasy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the desire of many evangelical leaders to compromise with Catholicism, trampling on the blood of the fearless martyrs throughout the church age- Hus, Tyndale, Luther, Wycliffe, etc., etc.
Note the thorough exegesis of Roman Catholicism by John MacArthur in the first message, which followed the pope’s recent arrival in America. Protestant pastors use to all have a copy of “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop (I have one). In this book the author reveals the commonality of Roman Catholicism and the ancient religion of Babylon. Note the peculiar garb, especially the hat, flamboyant robe and crooked crucifix of the pope. Have you ever wondered what it has to do with Christianity or where it came from? The ancient Babylonian priests wore this clothing, replicated on stone and woodcuts for us to see and compare. A careful examination of Catholicism will reveal it to be another religion than Christianity. Listen to MacArthur expound on this truism:
The Vice President refused to kiss the pope’s ring. I have never had any real admiration for Joe Biden until now. I greatly admire people with conviction.
Pope Francis is the first pope who is a Jesuit. When the Jesuits were first founded, they had three goals in mind:
1)To found schools in Europe in order to solidify their clergy.
2)The conversion of non Catholics to their religion.
3)Last, but definately not least, they were a Counter-Reformation to the Protestant Reformation, and their goal was to stop the spread of Protestantism. Depending upon the influence they wielded at particular times throughout history, their opposition to Protestantism ranged from outright persecution to infiltration, but there was always an element resisting the growth of Protestant believers and churches. For instance, in a very famous and lengthly quotation, Abraham Lincoln attributed the support of the South in the Civil War to the Vatican, Popery, and the Roman Catholic Church. Common sense would dictate that the Jesuits would be estatic about the Civil War, whereby this unique Protestant nation (the United States of America was 98.6% Protestant at the signing of the Declaration of Independence) was fighting against and killing each other. The Vatican supported the South, believing that prolonging the war would obviously be to their advantage. Yes indeed, as a history major I have always found fact to be stranger than fiction.
Because Of Him, Pastor Steve <><
Since we are right on the heals of a new pope, it would be a good time to consider the teachings of Roman Catholicsm. How did this church originate? In the early church, several bishops took up prominent seats in large cities such as Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica and Rome. The Roman leadership became stronger and eventually dominated as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. Interestingly, when the Babylonian Empire crumbled, the priests of their nation went to Persia. When Alexander the Great overcame the Persians several centuries later, many of the priests from these two previous empires went to Rome. Hence one can observe the mysterious blend and belief system incorporated into the Catholic Church to this very day. It is a blend of the ancient Babylonian priestcraft, ancient Judaism, church tradition, and the Bible. On the other hand, in the Protestant Church the teachings come primarily from the Bible, and our differences are usually because of our respective interpretations of it. Catholic teachings that are contrary to the Bible, gradually infiltrated the church throughout the Middle Ages. Their watered down, unbiblical doctrine was not a blow out, but a slow leak. Their choke hold was so strong in Europe, that to speak or do anything contrary to the Roman Church often resulted in death. God raised up two firebrands who countered the dominance of popery during this time. One was Martin Luther who nailed his ninety five thesis on the church door in Wittenburg and the rest is history. The other was a political adversary and an immoral man himself, nonetheless, God still used him: Henry the Eighth of England threw off any kind of submission to the pope so he could divorce and remarry. Although Henry himself was guilty of running off, and even killing his wives who produced no heir, the Lord worked through him in order to introduce Protestantism to the British Isles. Other prominent Biblical theologians in Europe soon to follow were Hus, Calvin, Knox, Zwingli, Wycliffe, etc., etc. As mentioned, many of the bizarre beliefs of Catholicism can be easily traced to the priests from Babylon. The best comprehensive classic work that exhausts this subject is Alexander Hislop’s “The Two Babylons.” May we examine just a few of the unbiblical teachings of the Catholic Church:
1)The Protestant Church has pastors, deacons and elders, all who are found in the Bible. The Catholic Church has priests, cardinals, popes, monks and nuns, none of whom are scriptural. The Old Testament priest, of course, is replaced by Jesus Christ, who is our Great High Priest.
2)We view Mary as a beautiful and pure woman who God enabled to carry the Messiah in her womb, conceived through the Holy Spirit. Mary was a sinner like all of us, yet she was very pleasing to God. The Catholic Church hails Mary, prays to Mary and worships Mary, even calling her “the mother of God.” They even claim she was without sin! This form of worship goes back to the Babylonian deity Semiramis, Nimrod’s wife/mother. Various other false religions had different names for the same false goddess: Venus, Diana, Aphrodite, Isis, etc., etc. The ancient title given to this pagan theology from which the worship of Mary originated is “The Queen Of Heaven.” So one can easily see where Maryolatry commenced and progressed from.
3)Catholics are taught to address their priests as “Father,” even though Jesus instructed us to call no man father except for the Father who is it heaven.
4)The pope can speak “Ex Cathedra,” meaning his words are even above Bible canon and inspired by God Himself! Yes, they can take the place of and even supercede the scriptures. Protestants believe that the Bible is inspired, but NOT the words of ANY fallen man. What does the Bible say? “Let God be true and every man a liar.”
5)The Catholics teach the so called Seven Saving Sacraments, none of which save. They attempt to make their church the institution of salvation, rather than faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Catholicism is all about ritual, priestcraft and sacraments. The true church is all about Jesus Christ and His atoning blood— John 3:16, 36; 14:6; Acts 4:12.
6)The homilies were read in Latin for centuries so that no one could understand them. If anyone was in possession of a copy of the Word of God, they could be executed! This is but a short thumb nail sketch of some the false teachings of Catholicism. The pattern continues throughout all of their often bizarre and unbiblical dogma.
Having said all of this, it is important to note the tremendous value of the people from the Catholic Church. If I was brought up within such a false religious system, I too would be taught that it is true. I have heard countless times, that Catholics who have left the Catholic Church and joined up with a Christ exalting and Bible based church that is true to the Word, make the strongest of believers! We have had numerous ex Catholics come through our vineyard and I have found this to be true. Praise God for His truth which is found in the written Word the Bible, and in the living Word His Son.
To Him be the glory, Pastor Steve
…..and he is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina. He is a 76 year old Jesuit from Buenos Aires, and has taken the name of Pope Francis. The Jesuits were formed centuries ago to persecute whenever possible, and counter the Protestant Reformation. They are usually seen as hardliners within Catholicism. Yet this Pope seems to be a mixed bag, since he took on the name of Francis, reflective of the Franciscan Order that dates to Francis of Assisi. This particular sect of Catholicism represent beliefs that are closer to the Protestant understanding of the Bible. Pope Francis has tended to and fed HIV patients in Buenos Aires. He is also one who the Catholic Church and Cardinals believe can unite the Cartel in the Vatican. The Cartel is basically best summed up as the Vatican bureaucracy and leadership.