How much does Pope Francis have in common with the Apostle Peter?

The Apostle Peter Pope Francis
  • an elder who submitted to Jesus as the head of the Church (1 Pet. 5:1; Col. 1:18)
  • believes he is supreme head of the Church with universal power (CCC 882)
  • taught we are born again through the living, abiding Word of God (1 Pet. 1:23)
  • teaches we are born again through the ritual of baptism (CCC 1213)
  • taught salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12)
  • teaches salvation without Jesus Christ (CCC 841)
  • taught eternal life is a gift of grace and secured by the power of God (1 Pet. 1:3-5)
  • teaches eternal life is attained by merit and lost by mortal sin (CCC 2027, 1035)
  • knew Jesus was the rock (1 Pet. 2:7-8)
  • believes Peter is the rock (CCC 442)
  • taught Jesus was the guardian of the souls in the church (1 Pet. 2:25)
  • believes he has supreme and unhindered power over the souls in the church (882)
  • warned of false teachers who would teach heresies and malign the truth (2 Pet. 2:1-2)
  • has revealed he is a false teacher by his perversion of the Gospel of grace (CCC 969, 1129)
  • was fallible (Gal.2:11-14)
  • believes he is infallible (CCC 891)
  •  refused adoration of men (Acts 10:26)
  •  welcomes adoration of men

(Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel)

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The Controversial Pope Francis

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Pope Francis is turning out to be one of the most controversial popes in modern history since his election to the papacy on March 13. During the four months he has been on the papal throne, he has made numerous statements that not only suppress the truth of God’s Word, but also oppose the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The day he was elected pope he said he would pray to Mary for the protection of Rome. Later he appeared to contradict himself by saying, “He who doesn’t pray to the Lord, prays to the devil.” Is the pope saying that Catholics who pray to Mary and the saints are praying to the devil? In May, the pope said everyone, even atheists, are redeemed with the Blood of Christ. The pope followed this heresy with another placating statement, saying, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Possibly his most controversial decision was to make the reporting of sex crimes against children illegal.

The Vatican also jumped on the heretical bandwagon last month by offering indulgences, to reduce time in purgatory, to those who follow Pope Francis on Twitter during World Youth Day. As foolish as this sounds to intelligent people, we must wonder if Catholics will ever wake up and realize their religion teaches a false and fatal gospel that leads them on the broad road to destruction? How many more blatantly false teachings must come out of the Vatican before Catholics realize they have been deceived about life’s most critical issue, the salvation of their soul?

Catholics, who believe a purifying fire will purge away their sins, are deluded victims of a fatal fabrication. The diabolical invention of a place for the purification of sins called Purgatory is not only a flagrant denial of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ, but also a blasphemous rejection of His precious blood as the only purification for sin (1 John 1:7).

The concept of Purgatory became a Catholic doctrine around 600 A.D. due to the fanaticism of Pope Gregory the Great. He developed the doctrine through visions of a purifying fire. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Pope Gregory said Catholics “will expiate their faults by purgatorial flames,” and “the pain is more intolerable than any one can suffer in this life.” Centuries later, at the Council of Florence in 1431, Purgatory was pronounced an infallible dogma.

Over the centuries, billions of dollars have been paid to Roman Catholic priests to obtain relief from sufferings in Purgatory’s fire. The Catholic clergy has taught that purchasing indulgences, novenas and Mass cards can shorten the period of suffering in Purgatory. We have heard of Catholics who have willed their entire estates to their religion so that perpetual masses could be offered for them after they die. It is no wonder that the Catholic religion has become the richest institution in the world. The buying and selling of God’s forgiveness has been a very lucrative business for the Vatican.

(Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel Newsletter, August 2013).

[Reblog] Stuff Just Got Serious!

By Donna Wasson

Yippity-skippity, we have a new Pope. Pope Francis I was duly elected by his peers to be the Grand Pooh-bah of the Catholic Church, and now all is well in the world. Right? WRONG! Lord God in heaven help us, you have NO idea how dangerous and evil this man will turn out to be. I honestly don’t mean to hurt or offend any Catholics who may read this, but I have to speak the truth. However, any truth regarding the Pope will be a foreign language for the vast majority of Catholics.

Yes, I’ve read all the same stuff about Jorge Mario Bergoglio; how he is a humble man who refuses opulent accommodations, carries his own bags and cooks his own meals. Yes, I’ve seen the news clips showing him washing and kissing the feet of AIDS patients in an act of humble servitude. Not sure what happened to the admonition from Jesus about not letting our right hand know what our left hand is doing when we carry out good works, but I digress.

He seems to be the perfect choice to assume the role of ‘Holy Father,’ overseeing the religious lives of 1.2 billion people around the globe. However, he is a Jesuit; the first one to be elected Pope in the history of the Catholic Church. Not only is he a Jesuit, but he is a High Jesuit who ruled South America, and was already a very powerful man before becoming the Pontiff.

Most people know very little about the Jesuits, but this information is critical to understanding how end time prophecy fits together. So, let’s all open our history books to page 22, and allow me to tell you about these very frightening people. MORE

Catholic Pope Offers a False Hope

Question asked of Dave Hunt:
Before he resigned (back in 2005), Pope Benedict XVI declared to 23,000 people in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, “Whoever seeks peace and the good of the community with a pure conscience, and keeps alive the desire for the transcendent, will be saved even if he lacks biblical faith.” Could this explain how pagans throughout history who never heard the gospel could be saved?

Response:
Everyone in every culture and time in history knows from abundant evidence that the universe was created by a God infinite in wisdom, power, and purity (Rom 1). God promises, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13). He will reveal Himself to everyone who truly seeks Him.

Not everyone, however, who claims to seek God, is seeking the true God. Most “seekers” are seeking a false god of their own imagination that will give them what they want. This is a flaw in the “seeker friendly” church growth movement: giving people the “religion” they want instead of the convicting truth they need. The Athenians claimed to be seeking truth; but when Paul on Mars’ hill revealed the true God to them, “some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.” Very few believed (Acts 17:32-34).

The truth will never be popular. Many Jews, confronted by biblical proof, knew that Jesus was the Messiah but did not want their false view of the Messiah disturbed. So Jesus said, “And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not” (Jn 8:45). Benedict XVI did not tell his fawning audience the truth but what they wanted to hear (2 Tm 4:3,4).

The Pope’s words are unbiblical and misleading. Having a “desire for the transcendent,” does not equal seeking the one true God. Nor can seeking “peace and the good of the community” be equated with receiving as personal Savior the One who “made peace through the blood of his cross” (Col 1:20). Nor has anyone a “pure conscience”: “There is none righteous, no, not one…all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” (Rom 3:10, 23). God has written His law in every conscience and every person knows that he has broken that law many times. When Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” the woman’s accusers, “convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one…” (Jn 8:7-9). The Pope and his Church offer false hope to sinners.