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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pope Francis Betrays his Christian Faith

Why are World Leaders Attempting to Deceive the People?

"These aren't the droids you're looking for."
"The Islamic State isn't Islamic."
"I'm not trying to take away people's guns."
"Shooting in the name of Islam has nothing to do with being a Muslim."
You can "meet God in other ways." - (Pope's video below)

The Doctrine of the Apostles is clear.  The Pope has departed from the faith that was handed down once and for all to the saints.  This blog-post is written "for the record" so that the Church of Jesus Christ should continue to abide in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and so that those outside the Church would know that the Pope's video does not convey the Gospel of the Christian faith.

Only Jesus can Reveal the Father.

No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. - John 1:18

And the Father Himself, who sent Me [Jesus], has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. - John 5:37

Only Jesus can restore the Father/child relationship with God.

He [Jesus]came to His own, and His own [the unbelieving Jews] did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. - John 1:11-13

The Bible teaches that people are born in a natural state that will end in death (perishing). Although we were created by God to be His children, sin has separated us from our Maker.

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. - Ephesians 2:1-9

That's why Jesus said we must be reborn as spiritual children of God.

Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ - John 3:3-7

Eternal Life comes ONLY through Jesus

He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.  And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. - 1st John 5:10-12

The doctrines of Christ and His Apostles teach that Jesus is both Lord and Christ.

The Pope, who presumes to sit in Peter's place, should not contradict St. Peter.  “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” - Acts 2:36  Jesus is the Lord God of the Bible come in the flesh - God with us (Emmanuel).  Jesus is also the Christ - the Messiah of Christians and Jews.  Christians have received Jesus as the Messiah, unbelieving Jews have not yet received Jesus.  Buddha is not Lord.  Mohammad is not Lord, nor is Allah the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible.

Christianity consists of faith in the Only Begotten Son of God.

And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? - 1st John 5:4,5

Muslims, Buddhists, and unbelieving Jews DO NOT believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  The fact that people of various religions seek to know the ONE AND ONLY GOD does not mean that they can find Him apart from Christ.  Likewise, many people seek to love others as God loves people, but only Christians are endued with God's agape-love which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and which ONLY comes through receiving the love that God has manifested through the cross of Christ.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8

Knowledge of God,  Peace with God, and the Love of God are ONLY available through Jesus Christ. - These are all benefits of being reconciled to God through Christ.

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. - Colossians 1:19,20 

The pope might be pleased if everyone could be reconciled to God without Christ, but God the Father has chosen a more exclusive way - so that in everything, Christ Jesus the Son of God might have the preeminence.

Jesus' words exclude any other ways to God.  "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6

For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
Forever and ever. - Micah 4:5

There is only one Lord God of Israel.  The gods of the other nations are NOT the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus - our Lord and Savior.  If an angel (or pope) comes teaching any other gospel do not receive it.  The "received gospel" is the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

Has the Pope rejected Jesus - the Cornerstone of Christianity?

This [Jesus] is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders [the religious leaders], which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4:11,12 

A Warning Against Perverting the Gospel

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,  which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. - The words of St. Paul, Galatians 1:6-9

Disobedience to the gospel is sin.  

He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.