Normally, I wouldn’t give Pope Franny the time of day and I usually, as a habit, relegate everything he says to a bunch of lies, but I felt compelled to read this latest speech.
More than anything, what struck me about this speech was the growing similarities between Catholicism and Christianity.
Usually, Christians will distance themselves from Catholics saying that “they” worship Mary while “we” worship Jesus (something he told us not to do, btw).
But, as I read through this speech, I found absolutely zero difference between it and any other Christian sermon that you hear these days.
And this shouldn’t be surprising – the “core” or “salvation issue” doctrines of “Catholicism” and “Christianity” are the same.
Watch the video below. Can you find any differences between what this guy is saying and what your Christian church preaches?
In a Q&A post, Catholic.com states:
Why does the Roman Catholic Church teach the doctrine of “works righteousness,” that through good works one can earn salvation?
The Catholic Church has never taught such a doctrine and, in fact, has constantly condemned the notion that men can earn or merit salvation. Catholic soteriology (salvation theology) is rooted in apostolic Tradition and Scripture and says that it is only by God’s grace–completely unmerited by works–that one is saved.
The Church teaches that it’s God’s grace from beginning to end which justifies, sanctifies, and saves us. As Paul explains in Philippians 2:13, “God is the one, who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.”
Notice that Paul’s words presuppose that the faithful Christian is not just desiring to be righteous, but is actively working toward it. This is the second half of the justification equation, and Protestants either miss or ignore it.
James 2:17 reminds us that “faith of itself, if it does not have work, is dead.” In verse 24 James says, “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” And later: “For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (2:26).
The Council of Trent harmonizes the necessity of grace and works: “If anyone says that man can be justified before God by his own works, whether done by his own natural powers or by the teaching of the Law, without divine grace through Jesus Christ, let him be anathema” (Session 6; can. 1). (Source)
In evaluating all of this evidence, you must always keep in mind that Pope Francis was a Jesuit BEFORE he was the pope. The Jesuits even say so on their web site.
The formation and main reason for the Jesuits was to bring back those wayward, rebellious Protestants back under the wing of the modern church . . . by any means necessary . . . and that is exactly what Mr. Bergoglio is doing.
I saw this coming a few years ago, and so far it appears that the Protestant daughters are returning to their Mother.
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Many of us pride ourselves on our stalwart loyalty to the faith that we have been handed.
We hold it near and dear to our hearts. We’ve “experienced” so many life changing moments under the auspices of this faith.
But we cannot just ignore history, nor can we ignore the direction Christianity has taken.
The prodigal Protestant daughters are returning to their Mother. Will you be among them?
If you are vehemently shaking your head, “NO!” … then I think it’s time that you start asking some hard questions.