12 September 2013

Pope Francis Lies to All People, Says Belief in God Not Necessary for Forgiveness

Pope Francis
Pope Francis once again has demonstrated his ignorance of the Scriptures and of the true and saving gospel of Jesus Christ. The Independent sums up well the report that is causing an unsurprising stir:
In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Responding to a list of questions published in the paper by Mr Scalfari, who is not a Roman Catholic, Francis wrote: “You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.

“Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”
(Source)
Yet, Scripture reveals that man cannot trust himself to know good from evil.
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer 17:9)
It is only when a man is born again from above (John 3:30), by the power of God alone, that his heart is regenerated and made new. Even then man's still-sinful heart can deceive, but until or unless he is saved and regenerated by God, man remains a slave to sin.
As it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one." (Rom 3:10–12)
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— (Rom 5:12)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 2:23)
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. (Eph 2:2) 
And what is sin? It is not merely disobeying one's conscience, which is just as fallible as the man in whom it resides. No, sin is disobedience to a perfect, just, righteous, thrice-holy God.
Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge. (Ps 51:4)
And because man is enslaved to sin, unable to save himself no matter how many good works he performs, he is rightly deserving of death and condemnation.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 6:23) 
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9–10) 
But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murders and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Rev 21:8) 
If, then, one cannot be saved by following his own deceitful conscience, how can anyone be saved?
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:1)
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 tot hem, '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.' (Acts 2:37–38)
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; (Rom 10:9) 
Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.' (John 14:6)
Indeed, Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. If a man does not repent of his sins and trust in Christ and His work alone, then that man cannot expect to be forgiven by God for his rebellion and disobedience. Further, the sinner who has not turned to Christ in faith stands not in indifference to Him, but in direct and hateful defiance. Why, then, would such a person ever desire to be forgiven by a God whom he hates? Why would such a person seek to live eternally with that same God? Those who shake their fists in unbelief at God will indeed receive exactly as they have asked—they will not have to spend eternity with the God of the universe. Instead, they will spend this time in conscious torment, suffering the just wrath for their sins against this holy God.

The Independent article continues with a comment from Vatican correspondent Robert Mickens:
“Francis is a still a conservative,” said Mr Mickens. “But what this is all about is him seeking to have a more meaningful dialogue with the world.” (Source)
"More meaningful dialogue" cannot exist where lies abound, and Pope Francis has lied in the most dreadful manner. The pope has not just lied to atheists, he has lied to all people, and he has done so in the name of God. May his eyes be opened as to the grievousness of his sin, may he repent and seek the forgiveness that only Christ can offer.

Further Reading
Pope Francis Does Not Know God
The Vatican Uses Social Media to Disseminate Its Damning, Deceptive Doctrines
A Better Sacrifice, an Eternal Redemption
Rick Warren 'Fully Supports' Evangelization Project and Book 'Catholics Come Home'
To Those Who Would Undermine the Headship of Christ: Fall on Your Faces

1 comment:

  1. “Whoever, therefore, would desire to persevere in uprightness and in integrity of life, let them learn to exercise themselves daily in the study of the word of God; for, whenever a man despises or neglects instruction, he easily falls into carelessness and stupidity, and all fear of God vanishes from his mind”

    John Calvin in Commentary on the Psalms, on Ps. 18:22)

    This kind of stupidity, carelessness, and lack of fear resulting from eschewment, negation and reduction of The Word of God is amply provided and clearly visible in Roman pope's pronouncements as is in the entirety of Roman contagion.

    Despeville

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