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While I am still in the process of gathering more information and attempting to finally complete Part 2 of my testimony, (as well as catching up on cleaning) I felt compelled to take a few minutes to express my concerns — and more importantly, many Scriptures — because I am deeply troubled by the above comments made by the newly elected Pope –Pope Francis. Yes, Pope Francis seems to be a very humble man, choosing not to wear the elaborate robes decorated and trimmed with jewels and gold, as probably all popes in the past have worn, and he has chosen to live in a ‘much more modest Vatican hotel,’ instead of in the official papal apartments, (according to this article) and  as revealed in this article, he drives a 20 year old Renault which was given to him as a gift from an elderly priest, instead of being chauffeured  around.  But when it all comes down to his messages that he shares with Catholics worldwide, are his words giving life?  Or are they leading many astray by giving false assurance and words that appeal to one’s fallen, sinful, human nature, leading them to eternal separation from God and into a real place of eternal torment, called hell?  (Matthew 25:41, Jude 1:7, Rev. 20:14,15 … Just a few of the many verses on hell).

Is Pope Francis now attempting to present an ‘all inclusive gospel’ that some pastors are sadly preaching today in order to be accepted my many who are not even Catholic?  Even Michael Day, the writer of the above article, recognizes and states that some of the comments made by Pope Francis are…  “…likely to enhance his progressive reputation…” Or…is Pope Francis  preaching ‘another Jesus’ or ‘another gospel’ as God’s Word clearly warns us about?

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”  (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

More and more we are witnessing a clear departure from Biblical truth as leaders of many denominations are abandoning sound doctrine and preaching a gospel that can only be described as either “doctrines of devils” or messages that satisfy “itching ears,” and ultimately have no power whatsoever to save!

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils…”      (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.  For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”  (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

“As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies.  These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith.” (1 Timothy 1:3,4)

Paul, addressing the believers in Corinth, gives them this strong warning:

“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.  Otherwise you have believed in vain.”  (1 Corinthians 15:1,2)

Take the above message of Pope Francis to atheists, for example.  If an atheist (or anyone, for that matter) believes his words that “You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven,” then what does that do to the gospel??  First of all, it makes an atheist unaware of the reality that there is a God, and that He is completely holy, and that each of us are depraved and wretched sinners in need of a savior, and that we will each stand before Him one day to give an account for our lives. And worse yet, it renders Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross that fully satisfied God’s wrath towards us for our sins, unnecessary and pointless! Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came and lived a sinless life and willingly gave His life, suffering a brutal death beyond comprehension  to redeem us from our sins, then suffered and died needlessly –if we are to believe the words of Pope Francis, that “non-believers will be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences,”  as stated in the above article.  And what about those who have deadened their consciences and have brutally abused and even murdered others by living according to their consciences?   These concerns (and many more) fill me with determination to complete my testimony so that Catholics can be aware of the true gospel that leads to life!

I will end with Scriptures that clearly presents God and His plan of salvation, and therefore makes believing in God an important part of  the true gospel; God’s truth that sets men free!

“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”                      (1 John 5:12)

“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)

“No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” (1 John 2:23)

“Jesus said,  “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”  (Galatians 2:21)”It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.  He is ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. ‘  Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:10-12)

Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men.  For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.  Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.  I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.  So be on your guard!  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

Even though I am excited,  yet overwhelmed with the task I have taken on to write and present to you the teachings of the Catholic church, comparing them to God’s Word, the Bible, the concerns I have over this statement and others by Pope Francis now fill me with determination and strongly motivate me to finish ‘Part 2’ of my testimony.  It will not only give you a clear picture of the gospel according to Rome that gives no assurance of salvation, but also will present to you the life-giving message of hope and assurance of salvation that I found by reading the true gospel that God clearly revealed to me as I read a Catholic New Testament Bible.  Lord willing, with His help, I hope to have that completed within a week or so.

FURTHER READING THAT MAY INTEREST YOU:

MY TESTIMONY – PART 1 -3 FROM FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO PEACE AND ASSURANCE — HOW GOD REVEALED THE TRUTH TO ME AS I WAS READING A CATHOLIC NEW TESTAMENT BIBLE

After completing this post and upon doing a search to find further reading for you…concerning the thought I shared about the pope preaching an all inclusive gospel, I found this article  written by Roger Oakland of UNDERSTAND THE TIMES  appropriately entitled ‘THE INCLUSIVE GOSPEL.’

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke

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