Breaking with 2,000 years of Christian teaching, the man with the reins of power in Rome is pushing an increasingly unusual religious agenda that has even many Catholics puzzled. What is his real angle? And why is the Roman Catholic Church only now being led by such a wayward theologian? I would argue that it’s all going according to God’s plan and timing. We may not be able to definitively identify the antichrist before the Church is taken to glory, but can the same be said about the false prophet who according to Revelation 13:11–17 will cause the world to worship the beast?
Throughout history Christians of all stripes have consistently taught that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son and the only One who can save sinful humanity. This Jesus is coming back to judge the world in righteousness and to save those who believe in Him. Furthermore, Christianity has consistently taught that the Bible is uniquely true—God-breathed words that reveal truth in a way that no other text or religion can.
Pope Francis seems to think otherwise. Here are ten things the current pope has said or done that not only defy Roman Catholic teachings, but basic biblical and Christian truths held by virtually all denominations:
1. For the pope’s January 2016 prayer intentions the Vatican released a video that expressed two overtly heretical beliefs: first, that you can have a relationship with God through other religions’ mediators and seek God outside of the Christian faith, and second, that everyone is a child of God, not only believers in Christ.
There was so much bad theology and half-truths in this video that it left even many moderate Christians stunned.
2. Just last month the pope falsely assured a grieving boy that his unbelieving, atheist father will be saved, which is nothing less than an outright denial of the necessity of believing the gospel message. Not only that, but he simultaneously denied a plethora of scriptures that declare that no one but God is good. He based his presumption about the man’s salvation on the belief that his father was “a good man.”
3. Also last month, the Pope met with Katy Perry who came to the Vatican to speak about transcendental meditation. Yes, that’s the same Katy Perry who performed a satanic ritual-esque song at the Grammys replete with hellfire and horned demons.
Other speakers included Deepak Chopra, a New Age guru and one world religion proponent who expressed hopes in 2016 that Pope Francis would move beyond the Catholic Church to become “a holy man for the world” by embracing the validity of all faiths and the importance of mind-altering meditation.
4. In 2014 Pope Francis hosted Islamic prayers and a reading from the Koran at the Vatican for the first time ever. Just think of the significance of this: the man who supposedly leads a majority of the world’s Christians allowed prayers to be offered to the false god allah in a place dedicated to Christ and the Church.
5. In 2016 the Pope decisively sidelined conservatives in the Catholic Church. The Pope selects new cardinals. The College of Cardinals elects the next pope. Pope Francis appointed 17 new cardinals, almost all of whom are stalwart liberals both theologically and politically. As a consequence, the Catholic Church will be moving away from orthodox Christianity and towards universalism and liberation theology for the foreseeable future.
6. Pope Francis scoffed at evangelism in an October 2013 interview with an Italian publication:
Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us.
Perhaps the Pope should read the Acts of the Apostles—the Apostles were very dedicated proselytizers and street preachers.
7. The Pope told a crowd of some 33,000 people that the teachings of those who believe you can have a personal, direct relationship with Jesus Christ are “dangerous and harmful.”
8. In April 2014 Pope Francis tweeted that “inequality is the root of social evil”—a thoroughly Marxist and anti-biblical sentiment, which teaches that evil is rooted in external, societal causes. Contrary to Francis’ Marxist/Liberation theology paradigm, the Bible teaches just the opposite—that the source of evil is from within one’s own heart (Mk. 7:21–23; Jas. 1:13–15) and comes from lack of faith in God (Rm. 14:23). And as a matter of fact, inequality itself is not necessarily a bad thing. Some have more, some have less. Even in Heaven there is a hierarchy.
9. In 2015 Pope Francis called religious fundamentalism “a sickness,” even if that fundamentalism is non-violent (e.g. Christian fundamentalism). Fundamentalism is essentially believing in the literal truth of religious texts and teachings.
Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions… We Catholics have some—and not some, many—who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil.
A fundamentalist group, even if it kills no one, even it strikes no one, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalism is violence in the name of God.
10. On multiple occasions Pope Francis has equated Yahweh and allah, an obviously heretical and unbiblical belief. Believing that the God of the Bible and the god of Islam are one and the same is no different than believing the same about Yahweh and ba’al.
If you still find yourself in the religion that is led by this man I would plead with you with all my heart and soul to learn what the Gospel really is and what repentance really means. You must be born again.
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