SHOUT IT TO THE WORLD
Christ is the Gate we entered when we started out on our journey. Christ is the Shepherd who guided us. Christ is the Door to our salvation. And Christ is the Ark of refuge in whom we will be safe from the wrath to come.
EXTRA EXTRA: READ ALL ABOUT IT
Speaking of wrath, I wrote the majority of this article a couple of weeks ago when I was upset about a recent news story. However, I hesitated to submit it for personal reasons. I thought, “Well, I’ve written about this subject before. I’ve done what I’m called to do─warn others who may be deceived. Besides, why risk offending those close to me again?”
Then, another news story appeared along similar lines. This was “the last straw” for me. I knew I had to overcome my fear and respond to these two news stories.
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).
“You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse…” (Ezekiel 2:7).
I’m going to present the “last straw” article first: Pope Francis said in a recent sermon that the Lord has redeemed all of us with the blood of Christ, including atheists. He said that we must do good, and we will meet one another there.
He should have emphasized emphatically that we are only saved by believing in Christ as our Savior, the only begotten Son of God. I’m afraid that this “ear tickling” sermon may lead some to believe that all are saved no matter what they believe. It may lead some to think that good works will save you. Let me clear that up for those who may think this.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favor of God. He saves us through faith in Christ Jesus – not by our good works. He is the Author of our salvation. We are to commit ourselves to him. We are to trust in Him.
This “ear tickling” is not just confined to the Roman church. There are also many Protestant pastors in these last of the last days who are guilty of this; and there are plenty of people who seek them out, just as the Bible warns.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
The following three excerpted paragraphs come from a Catholic website (“Catholic Answers”) regarding their belief that the teachings of the pope are infallible (perfect and true).
The Catholic Church’s teaching on papal infallibility is one, which is generally misunderstood by those outside the Church – in particular, fundamentalists and other “Bible Christians”… Infallibility belongs in a special way to the pope as head of the bishops…as the shepherd and teacher of all the faithful…It is the Holy Spirit who prevents the pope from officially teaching error…Thus the Church cannot teach heresy, meaning that anything it solemnly defines for the faithful to believe is true…
For example, Cyprian of Carthage, writing about 256, put the question this way, “Would the heretics dare to come to the very seat of Peter whence apostolic faith is derived and whither no errors can come?”…In the fifth century, Augustine succinctly captured the ancient attitude when he remarked, “Rome has spoken; the case is concluded”…The preceding paragraphs…should be familiar to literate Catholics, to whom this subject should appear straightforward. It is a different story with “Bible Christians”…
The rejection of papal infallibility by “Bible Christians” stems from their view of the Church. They do not think Christ established a visible Church, which means they do not believe in a hierarchy of bishops headed by the pope.
─Catholic Answers: Papal Infallibility
“BIBLE CHRISTIANS” ARE ILLITERATE?
Notice how Protestants are referred to as “Bible Christians” as though this were something to be ashamed of. I beg to differ. The Bible tells us to study God’s Word for ourselves; otherwise we are in danger of being deceived.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the Word of Truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
THE SUPREME SHEPHERD IS WHO?
The pope is referred to as the supreme shepherd. However, the Bible tells us who our Supreme Shepherd is:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1).
Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know Me— just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father—and I lay down My life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15).
The pope is referred to as “the teacher of all the faithful.” All priests are called “Father.”
Jesus said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:9-12).
This Scripture doesn’t mean that children cannot call their parents “father” or that those who instruct cannot be called “teachers,” but it rejects all names and titles that are used to signify authority over men’s consciences in matters of faith and obedience. God and Christ are to be the focus – not man.
NO SALVATION WITHOUT RITUALS AND SACRAMENTS?
The Roman Church does not teach that salvation is in Christ alone. Its doctrine states that you must participate in their rituals and sacraments in order to be saved.
The Catholic Chronicles: Four Part Series on Salvation According to Rome
It claims that their priests can forgive sins. This concept is taught nowhere in the Bible. Rather it says, “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save” (Psalm 146:3). http://www.gotquestions.org/confession-sin-priest.html
THE HOLY SPIRIT CHOOSES: WHO?
Now to the other news story: At a recent conference at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Cardinal Schönborn credited the Holy Spirit with being responsible for the election of Pope Francis. He said that only divine intervention could possibly explain the speed with which he was elected pope, since he was not a likely candidate. I’ll provide a link to this news story later in the article, after I’ve presented his other comments.
The former pope, Benedict XVI, was asked (while he was still a cardinal in 1997) if the Holy Spirit is responsible for who gets elected pope. His response was, “I would not say so. … There are too many contrary instances of popes the Holy Spirit would obviously not have picked.”
National Catholic Reporter: Quick Conclave Course
Indeed, many times popes have contradicted each other, and there is a history of mistakes committed by many popes throughout Roman Catholic Church history. As you read on, you’ll see examples of actual heresy spoken by popes.
ADDING DOCTRINES TO GOD’S WORD?
Repeatedly, Catholic Catechisms state that many of their doctrines are not found in or based on Scripture (e.g., Mary being co-redemptress and co-mediator, sinless, and conceived without sin; Mary’s ascension; praying to saints and venerating them and images of them; etc.). For Roman Catholics, it is the “Mother Church” that is the final authority, not Scripture, no matter that they say that the Magisterium is the “servant of Scripture.”
They have gradually added these new doctrines through the centuries, and they expect people to adhere to them as if they were God’s Word. This is forbidden in the Bible, as you will see in the following Scripture:
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds
to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his
part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Bible teaches that it is Scripture that is to be used as a measuring stick to determine truth from error. In Galatians 1:8-9, Paul states that it is not WHO teaches but WHAT is being taught that is to be used to determine truth from error.
The Roman Catholic Church continues to pronounce a curse to hell (anathema) upon those who would reject the authority and infallibility of the pope. On the contrary, here is what the Bible says about those who would teach a different gospel from what has already been given and recorded in the New Testament:
“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed” (Galatians 1:8-9).
If an angel from heaven cannot alter God’s Word, then certainly a human preacher or teacher must not do so.
The Bible speaks of only one abiding, tangible, infallible guide left by God for His church. It is the written word of God, not an infallible leader (2 Timothy 3:15-17). The Holy Scriptures: are “God breathed.” The writers of the Bible were inspired by the: Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21
God has given His Holy Spirit to indwell, fill, guide, and gift members of His church today, for the purpose of directing His church through the proper interpretation of His written word (1 Corinthians 12, 14; Ephesians 4:11-16).
It should surprise no one that there are divisions and false teachings today; for the Bible warns us that there would be false teachers who would twist the written word (2 Peter 3:16), and that these false teachers would arise from within the churches (Acts 20:30).
Therefore, the believers are to turn to God and the “word of His grace” for their guidance (Acts 20:32), determining the truth not by who said it, but by comparing it with the gospel already received by the early church─the gospel recorded for us in Scripture (Galatians 1:8-9; also see Acts 17:11).
Is papal infallibility biblical?
THE: CHOSEN ONE?
At the conference, Cardinal Schönborn spoke of the conclave that elected the current pope. He said, “We were driven by the Holy Spirit to this man – he was sitting in the last corner of the Sistine Chapel: This man, he is the chosen one…I received at least two strong signs: one I can tell, the other was in the conclave I can’t speak about – but real signs of the Lord giving me indication he is the one.”
Before I get into the rest of what Cardinal Schönborn said at this conference, I want to show you some documented statements of just who the popes claim to be. I’ll stick to quoting popes of modern times for the sake of space. I’ll also intersperse Scripture from the Bible.
CHRIST ON EARTH?
Pius IX said, “I alone despite my unworthiness am the successor of the Apostles, the Vicar of Jesus Christ: I alone have the mission to guide and direct the barque of Peter: I am the way, the truth and the life.”
The Holy Bible says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’” (John 14:6).
Pope Pius X said, “The pope is not simply the representative of Jesus Christ: On the contrary, he is Jesus Christ Himself, under the veil of the flesh, and who by means of being common to humanity continues His ministry amongst men.”
In the Holy Bible Jesus warned, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray’” (Mark13:6; Matthew.24:5; Luke 21:8).
Pope Pius XI said, “Thus the priest, as is said with good reason, is indeed another Christ; for, in some way, he is himself a continuation of Christ.”
Lest one should think that the reforms of Vatican II changed the popes’ belief that the pope is Christ on earth – think again. Here is what Pope John Paul II said in his book In Crossing the Threshold of Hope: In the first chapter, page 3, he says, “The pope is considered the man on earth who represents the Son of God, who takes the place of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.”
In the Holy Bible God says, “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to carved images” (Isaiah 42:8).
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:1-5).
The doctrines of the Roman church, papal claims of “Christhood,” as well as the perversion that has been exposed should leave one with no doubt as to just who this Scripture refers to. Should that not be convincing enough: Here is the link to my previous article on this subject, for those who may not have read it.
“A Mystery Nevermore”: https://www.raptureready.com/soap/nuara6.html
VATICAN POSITION ON DARWIN’S THEORY OF EVOLUTION AND E.T.’S
A five-day conference, Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories, held in March 2009 by the Pontifical University in Rome, marking the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species, generally confirmed the lack of conflict between evolutionary theory and Catholic theology, and the rejection of Intelligent Design by Catholic scholars.
The Church has deferred to scientists on matters such as the age of the earth and the authenticity of the fossil record. Papal pronouncements, along with commentaries by cardinals, have accepted the findings of scientists on the gradual appearance of life.
The Jesuits (the order the new pope comes from) are especially known to be strong believers in Darwinism. There are those of other Catholic orders as well in the Roman church who support the theory of evolution. Pope John Paul II made this statement in 1996, “…new findings lead us toward the recognition of evolution as more than a hypothesis.” He agrees with his predecessor’s (Pius XII) statement that, “if the origin of the human body is sought in living matter which existed before it, the spiritual soul is directly created by God.”
So they’re saying that, from this previously existing living matter, man gradually evolved, and then God put a soul in him.
Catholic Church and Evolution
Excuse me? God didn’t start man out from some primordial ooze, from monkeys, or whatever. Let’s turn to Genesis 1: 24-27 to see what God’s Word actually says:
“Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind;’ and it was so. God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Folks, how much clearer can it get? Mankind was made in the image and likeness of the Triune Godhead. The theory of evolution is wretchedly foolish, to put it mildly.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:18-22).
Vatican Hosts Darwin Conference (2009)
VATICAN BELIEF IN E.T.’S
An article from Catholics on the Net not only discusses the Vatican and Darwinism, but also the Vatican’s belief in the possibility of extra terrestrials. “The head of the Vatican Observatory, Argentine Jesuit astronomer, Father José Gabriel Funes, said that according to his scientific judgment the existence of extraterrestrials is a possibility.”
Catholics on the Net: Alien Life Out There
The only extraterrestrials the Bible speaks of who came to this earth besides Satan himself, are the fallen angels, Satan’s demons. Repeatedly in scripture, Satan is referred to as the ruler of the kingdom of the air.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:1-2).
Any flying saucers you may see are a delusion of Satan. Could this be the delusion the Bible speaks of that the world will fall for after the Rapture? It’s certainly among the possibilities.
VATICAN TELESCOPE INSTRUMENT NICKNAMED WHAT?
Let me remind you of something I’ve discussed before. The Vatican’s main research telescopes are located at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The chilled instrument attached to a telescope there is named “Large Binocular Telescope Near-infrared Utility with Camera and Integral Field Unit for Extragalactic Research,” nicknamed: Lucifer.
Perhaps they’re waiting for the mother ship to come down to their “mother church.” That could certainly cause all the religions of the world to unite under their dome, either out of fear or a belief in whatever lies they’re handed by: the deceptively disguised visitors from the kingdom of the air, who are under Lucifer’s control.
Does the Bible Tell Us there is Life on Other Planets?
NOW FORMING: ONE WORLD RELIGION
We can see the combining of all religions coming together now. The 1993 covenant between Israel and the Vatican, which was never confirmed due to disagreements, was finally confirmed this year, giving the pope a seat in the Last Supper Room.
Israel’s President, Shimon Peres (ironically translates as Simon Peter) said, “He’ll be a welcome guest in the Holy Land, as a man of inspiration who can add to the attempt to bring peace in a stormy area. All people here, without exception, without difference of religion or nationality, will welcome the newly elected pope.”
The Second Vatican Council claims that Muslims believe: in the one true God. Here is what it says:
The Church regards with esteem also the Muslims. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in himself; merciful and all-powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even his inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. ─Nostra Aetate 3
The Muslim Quran teaches that Allah did not have a son and that Jesus was just one of the prophets; Mohammed is honored as their true prophet. It pronounces curses upon anyone who says that Jesus is the Son of God. Muslims are taught that Jesus will come back one day and assist their Mahdi, and that Jesus will judge according to Islamic law anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. And we know what that means.
What Do Muslims Believe About Jesus?
Does that sound like our Lord? Those who read the Bible for themselves know better.
Allah and God are NOT one and the same.
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (Corinthians 11:3-4)
One should be able to say with certainty that those who claim to be apostles of Christ, yet tell the world that Allah and God are the same deity, are corrupted─deceived by Satan.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
VATICAN SUPPORTS THE ARAB PALESTINIANS
The Vatican claims to support an Arab Palestinian state – dividing up the land again that God promised to His chosen people, Israel. However, the Roman church has ulterior motives – a “Trojan horse” strategy to have it for themselves, as they have always desired.
Why Does the Vatican Want a Palestinian State?
VATICAN SECRET ABOUT PETER
I’m sure that Peter, whom they claim began the Roman Catholic Church, would not have considered dividing the Holy Land. It seems that the Vatican sought to suppress an important archaeological find in order to preserve their tale that Peter was the first pope, as you will see in the following article: http://www.logosapologia.org/?p=4860
There is a warning in the Bible about the last days one world, “we all believe in the same God, and all paths lead to God” false religion. This warning is not just for Catholics only but for everyone who may fall for embracing/uniting all religions under the guise of tolerance. Many churches, both Catholic and Protestant are spiraling headlong in this destructive direction.
As the Crow Flies: Deluded Flocks with Diluted Doctrines
“I heard another voice from heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues’” (Revelation 18:4).
COME HOME; I WAIT FOR YOU?
At the London conference, Cardinal Schönborn made a statement to encourage the Anglican Church (to whom he was addressing) to unite with the Roman Catholic Church. However, he obviously meant it for everyone. He said “…it is as if he (the pope) would say to the world, ‘Come home, I wait for you.’”
Telegraph UK: Supernatural Signs in the Conclave
Cardinal Schönborn’s words chill me to the bone. He speaks as though this man is a god.
Christendom is not to be found in or bound to Rome. It is an inward faith no matter where you are. “Now when He (Jesus) was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you’” (Luke 17:20-21).
From Gill’s Exposition of the Bible:
The subjects of Christ’s kingdom are not of the world; they are chosen and called out of it; the kingdom itself does not appear in worldly pomp and splendor, nor is it supported by worldly force, nor administered by worldly laws; nor does it so much regard the outward, as the inward estates of men.
The Roman church has always sought total world power. It has a history of using unscrupulous tactics, to say the least, in order to obtain its goal.
The church is not a physical building or meeting place, but believers united together in and with Christ, the Head of the body. We are His church and Christ is the head of the church─not man.
Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would only bow down and worship him:
“And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Matthew 4:9).
“Jesus answered [to Pilate], ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here’” (John 18:36). Christ came first as “The Suffering Servant.” He will return as the “Conquering King” at the end of the Tribulation and then establish His Reign on earth for 1000-years.
Jesus instructed His disciples not to act like rulers of the world:
“But Jesus called them (His disciples) to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many’” (Matthew 20:25-28).
CATHOLIC BISHOPS SAY MYSTERY BABYLON IS THE CITY OF ROME
Rome has always been known as “the city of seven hills” since biblical times. When this was revealed to John, he knew exactly what it meant, as Rome was the world power in his day. As you know, the Roman church of today refers to itself as “the Mother Church.”
The false religion of the tribulation that has great influence on all the nations of the earth is referred to in Revelation as the “Mother of Harlots” who sits on seven mountains.
Commentary on Revelation 17
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledges that Mystery Babylon of the last days refers to Rome. Here are their footnotes at the end of Revelation, chapters 17-18.
* [17:1–6] Babylon, the symbolic name (Rev. 17:5) of Rome, is graphically described as “the great harlot.”
* [17:2] Intercourse…harlotry: see note on Rev. 14:4. The pagan kings subject to Rome adopted the cult of the emperor.
* [17:6] Reference to the great wealth and idolatrous cults of Rome.
* [17:9] Here is a clue: literally, “Here a mind that has wisdom.” Seven Hills: of Rome.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Revelation 17 http://www.usccb.org/bible/revelation/17
* [18:3–24] Rome is condemned for her immorality, symbol of idolatry (see note on Rev 14:4), and for persecuting the church; cf. Rev 19:2.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Revelation 18
They believe Revelation is speaking of the city of Rome, but not the Roman church. However, one has only to look at the history of this church, which shows how horribly they persecuted Christians for trying to read the Bible for them selves. Now it uses more deceptive tactics to gain back power while pronouncing curses on the Protestants in its doctrine. The descriptions in Revelation point to her like an arrow. For just one of many examples, first look at the following two scriptures, then go to the video link.
“The woman (harlot) was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality” (Revelation 17:4).
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus. When I saw her, I was greatly astonished” (Revelation 17:6).
Start at 4:42 minutes into the video to see a sculpture of this woman inside St. Peter’s Basilica. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPw0fngNN5E&feature=share&list=PL446CBBB953808A3A
Other things you will see in the video (inside St. Peter’s Basilica) are sun worship, statue worship, worship of the dead and some very creepy carved images. There is also a sculpture portraying homosexuality, which starts at 6:12.
WHAT – A GIFT FROM GOD?
Here is a video of a Catholic priest and author who has recently “come out.” He says that homosexuality is a gift from God.
The Bible tells us that homosexual activity is an abomination. However, all sin is offensive to God. But He promises the strength for victory over sin to all those who believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 4:13).
What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
GOOD NEWS: READ ALL ABOUT IT
Rapture ready saints, our journey is almost over on this earth in these corruptible bodies. While we await our Savior, Jesus Christ─ not the pope─to call us home, we must not let our voices be silenced, despite the increasing persecution we are facing.
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
So take a chance, come help me sing this:
I wanna sing; I wanna shout;
I wanna scream till the words dry out.
So put it in all of the papers; I’m not afraid.
They can read all about it, READ ALL ABOUT IT.”
The lyrics of this song are very telling for Bible Christians in these end days: “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande at http://youtu.be/R2KtvACi0gQ
“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Galatians 1:3-4).