Pope Francis has taken an un-biblical position with regard to evangelism and the essential nature of truth, confirming once again the un-Christian character of the Catholic Church. In an interview, reported in the Washington Post on 2nd October, 2013 and documented in Ian Wishart’s latest book, Totalataria the Pope opined that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them.” He then added some emergent church philosophy to this error by “calling efforts to convert people to Christianity ‘solemn nonsense’ .”
The Pope’s ‘solemn nonsense’, contravenes Scripture (Luke 24:46-47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). To be fair his purpose was to draw a distinction between the hard gospel sell and relationship building leading to the gospel. Such a distinction encourages the soft gospel that we have discovered from the emerging church movement is no gospel at all. On top of that, of course, is the fact that the Catholic gospel is false anyway.
His relativisation of the knowledge of good and evil is classic post-modern cant. According to Jesus true worshippers worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23), while obeying God’s commands is the measure of one’s love for him (John 14:21; 1John 5:2-3). The Pope replaces objective Biblical truths with personalised human standards. In the interview the Pope talks of loving others, but misses the essential point that such love has first to come from a love for God and that love comes from obedience to his commands. It would be difficult to stray much further from real Christianity than to draw abstract distinctions between one form of evangelism and another. Whether it be the hard sell or the longer relational road both must end in a straightforward delivery of the right Gospel.
An evangelical Christian has no trouble recognising the error in the Pope’s views. He and all those like him would do well to heed the following:
- “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Luke 10:16
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36
“There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” John 12:48
Ever since the reformation and even long before that for true Christians Catholic dogma has denied the five ‘alone’s’ of the reformation and by definition rejected the one true Jesus Christ. The idolatrous worship of Mary would discredit the Catholic Church on its own, but it has also adopted other false beliefs that deny the full and final work of Jesus on the cross. The Pope’s comments strongly suggest the emerging church and Catholicism will soon find themselves on the same ecumenical road; the road that will take them both to the feet of the false prophet of Revelation – assuming of course a Catholic pope is not one and the same.
For the actual transcript of the interview go to: http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/