I’m sorry if you are offended, but… Pope Francis is wrong.

There are parts of the Bible that I do not understand.  There are parts that I find difficult to accept.  There are parts that bother me.  But I have no authority to change it.  The Bible is foolishness to some and offensive to some.  It cuts some to the heart and rubs some the wrong way.  If it offends me or anyone else, then so be it.  They nor I have the right to change it.  We are not the editors and we are not to be apologists for it.  We sometimes have a tendency to explain away the parts that people (or we) find objectionable.  We can certainly disagree on interpretations.  We can disagree about being called to tithe to the church, baptism, and even what happens in Holy Communion.  We can explain some things as societal rules of the time (some of us do that with pork).  And some things were obviously Old Testament societal norms (that always get brought up) like stoning people caught in adultery.

But aren’t there some non-negotiables somewhere?  Sometimes, don’t we just have to say, “I’m sorry if you or I find this offensive, but…”  We do not promote the Gospel by apologizing for it and changing it.  I wish the Bible did not speak of hell.  But when it talks about a wide path and a narrow way, when it talks about that wide path that leads to destruction, when Jesus says some people will hear “depart from me, I never knew you”, do we just say He didn’t mean that?  David Jeremiah one time in a sermon said when there is dangerous medicine in the bottle, it had better have a label stating such.

Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”

jiminyThe new pope, Pope Francis was recently quoted as saying,

“You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God’s mercy has no limits if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart. The issue for those who do not believe in God is to obey their conscience.  Sin, even for those who have no faith, exists when people disobey their conscience.”

Isn’t that what  Jiminy Cricket said?  Didn’t he say, “Let your conscience be your guide”?

First of all, there’s not a “God of the Christians” like there is a God of the Buddhas and a God of Islam.  There is One, True God.  And He’s not called by different names.  He is not called Allah nor Buddha.  Jesus Christ is God’s only Son and is Himself God, and we must repent and seek to be reconciled through the shed blood of Jesus on a hill called Mount Calvary.  And the Pope, bless his soul, is wrong to say the “God of the Christians” as if there are others.  And secondly, how can you ‘go to Him’ with a contrite heart as the pope says if you don’t believe in Him?  Sin doesn’t come from disobeying our conscience, it comes from disobeying and turning from God.  Listening to our conscience and becoming a good person will not cleanse us from our sin.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus.  We are not saved by good works, but for good works.

And none of this false teaching should come as a surprise.  Paul told us this was coming – 2 Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.”

Sugar coating and diluting the message of the Gospel is not what we are called to do.  We are called to preach the Gospel – that God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross  to take away your sin so that if you will, by faith, call upon Him then you will be saved.  My conscience won’t save me.

And if I’m wrong and we all end up in heaven with BuddahAallahAnimisticGod, I will apologize and tell you I was wrong then.  We must not apologize for the Gospel on this side of Heaven, but rather call upon people to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter how offensive it is.

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4 Responses to I’m sorry if you are offended, but… Pope Francis is wrong.

  1. Reblogged this on The Elisha Project and commented:
    I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. Jesus warned us, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.”

    For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

  2. Jesus warned us that in the last days, “And MANY false prophets shall arise and deceive many.”

    Many means = the most, the masses!!! Who gather under the banner of christianity worldwide will be deceived by many false preachers. Who hold the Bible in their hands but reject it’s content in their hearts and lives. But they stand their in God’s pulpits transforming themselves as ministers of light…worldwide.

  3. Brother Scott – you are starting to walk on some very thin ice. You keep going the way you are going and you may very well get your wish to be on the outside. How dare you think that you can propagate the word of God as if you had some authority! Who are you to think the Bible is the actual word of God in it’s entirety. Young man I will start the collection for your mission trips now. Perhaps you don’t remember, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” Nobody wants to hear the TRUTH…so SCREAM LOUDER!!! I love you and may God’s fire continue to burn in your heart!!!

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