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What Bible Is Pope Francis Reading!?!

I'm sorry, but this needs to be addressed.

Yesterday, we looked at a supposed "miracle" performed by Pope Francis.

Remember how we made the Biblical case that whether or not the truth was being proclaimed would ultimately determine whether or not we should accept any "miracle" as being legitimately from God?

Well, this is a prime example of what I was talking about.

Pope Francis Says Atheist Can Be Good

Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis has said in his latest urging that people of all religions, and none, work together.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning mass at his residence, a daily event at which he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus.

"Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said. "Just do good, and we'll find a meeting point," the pope said in a hypothetical reply to the hypothetical comment: "But I don't believe. I'm an atheist."

Francis's reaching out to atheists and people who belong to no religion is in marked contrast to the attitude of his predecessor, Benedict, who sometimes prompted complaints from non-Catholics that he seemed to see them as second-class believers.

Where do we even begin? What Bible is Pope Francis reading!?! For starters, he exhibits woeful ignorance of the holy Scriptures in this case. I mean, what about God's Word to the contrary?

Psalm 51:5 (ESV) Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 53:3 (ESV)
They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Romans 3:11-12 (ESV) 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

Pretty plain and simple, isn't it? That's just three examples from the Word of God.

Furthermore, the very concept of morality (i.e. what is "good" and what is "bad") has the Lord as its source. He has defined morality for the world. So then how can an Atheist who rejects God be "good" when they reject the very notion of there even being objective morality, or objective "right" and "wrong" in this life an universe? They can't be.

To make matters worse, the Pope didn't just stop with that lie. Instead, he went on to imply that even Atheists and non-believers alike are saved by Jesus when his answer to the question of whether or not Atheists had been redeemed by Jesus was to simply say, "Even them, everyone. Just do good, and we'll find a meeting point."

Are you kidding me? Where's the depth? Where's an accurate and clear presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Friends, this is seriously sad stuff that will only lead countless souls to Hell I'm afraid. All he had to do was refer to any of the following verses from Scripture.

John 3:16 (ESV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 14:6 (ESV) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 3:3 (ESV) Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

No, it's not surprising that the Roman Catholic Church continues to spew this spiritual nonsense (2 Corinthians 11:4; Galatians 1:6-7).

Sure, it's succeeding in tickling the ears of many and giving people a false sense of security that "Works Righteousness" is the path to Heaven and eternal salvation (2 Timothy 4:3-4), but a false gospel like this also leads to false converts, and false converts are being led down a broad path to Hell (Matthew 7:13-15).

That's what makes this news report of the Pope's comments so heartbreaking to me.

This is why it's critical to be discerning, my friends (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 5:11).


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