With a speech during the general audience, Pope Francis announced his supposed closeness to the Gospel. He urged all Christians to share the Word of God. But whether it was the true God of the Bible is another matter.
Inhalt / Content
- 1 Pope calls for “openness to the gospel”
- 2 An action suddenly becomes metaphorical
- 3 Is the Pope talking about the pure gospel?
- 4 Church of Rome arbitrarily changes the gospel
- 5 It is the “Catholic Gospel”
- 6 “Ideological thinking and closure”
- 7 Ideologists and fundamentalists
- 8 Exclusion – demonization – persecution
Pope calls for “openness to the gospel”
Pope Francis announced during his general audience on Wednesday that Christians must be open to “the word of God and to the service of others.” (Source CNA). At first it sounds like gospel if this statement is left alone. However, this sentence would not have been uttered by the Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church if there had not been a bear trap, foot snare or trapdoor somewhere in the context.
The Pope went one better and warned that openness to an “authentic proclamation of the Gospel” is the duty of every Christian. A mentality of “seclusion” contradicts the central message of the gospel and allows people to “fall into ideological ways of thinking.”
An action suddenly becomes metaphorical
“Closed Christians always end badly because they are not Christians, they are ideologues, ideologues of isolation,” said the pontiff.
He bases this on the account in the Gospel of Mark, in which Jesus Christ healed a deaf and mute man (Mark 7:31-37). In verse 34,
“And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.“,
Jesus Christ used the word “Ephphatha” and as the verse itself explains, this means “open up.” The Pope interprets this as “opening”. This “Ephphatha” is therefore addressed to all of us so that we open ourselves up, said the Pope. This healing of the deaf and mute should be understood metaphorically. God wants to communicate that “anyone who is deaf to the Word of God is dumb if he does not communicate the Word of God.”
Is the Pope talking about the pure gospel?
Of course, if you want, you can understand one healing performed by Jesus Christ literally and another as metaphorical, if it suits you best. But the “bear trap, foot snare and trap door” could already be seen in the version of the “closeted Christian”.
It is true that the true follower of Jesus Christ is called to spread the gospel to other people. However, the true successor does not need to be called upon or motivated to do so. He does this of his own accord, through his own initiative, thanks to the Holy Spirit at work. If this does not happen, then the seriousness of following Jesus Christ would have to be questioned at this point.
Equally important is the distinction between the call to the Gospel and the call to the Roman Catholic Catechism. The Gospel as a standard automatically excludes the Catechism of the Church of Rome. Because the Roman Catholic Church has its own philosophy about the Bible. This is proven by the statement of Pope Pius XII on May 22, 1934.
Church of Rome arbitrarily changes the gospel
“Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts:“
(1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man.
(2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say this Church, instituted by Christ, to teach and guide men through life, has the right to change the Ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to the Sunday. We frankly say, “Yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday Abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages, and a thousand other laws.”
(3) We also say that of all Protestans, the Seventh-day Adventist are the only gropu that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in the Bible..
It is the “Catholic Gospel”
From these statements by Pope Pius XII alone you can clearly see that the Roman Catholic Church does not take the words of God and His statutes very seriously and wants to impose its own rules on people.
This must also be taken as a background for evaluating Pope Francis’ statement in order to judge the quality of his “openness to the Gospel”. The Catholic Catechism “straight up” teaches the 3 lies of the serpent in the Garden of Eden as official doctrine (Info). This is just a quick example.
“Ideological thinking and closure”
As Pope Pius XII rightly put it, those who exclusively follow the Gospel will only follow the laws of God and not the rules of the Roman Catholic Church. Proclaiming the “Catholic Gospel” is therefore automatically prohibited. And this also includes the “openness” demanded by the Pope.
It is therefore very, very obvious that this closedness to the interpretations and proclamations of the Church of Rome and its daughters who hang on by their coattails is seen as “closedness” and “ideological thinking”. Of course, something like this cannot be tolerated in the spirit of “united Christianity”.
Ideologists and fundamentalists
Adhering to the Word of God as it is written, only this Scripture and nothing else, is fundamentalism. In recent years there has been a lot of media effort to portray the image of a fundamentalist as a gunman wearing an explosive belt. But that’s not a fundamentalist, he’s just a crazy person.
The exclusion and defamation of “ideologues” and fundamentalists has been going on for years. Such tones have long since been uttered from the ranks of the returned daughters of Rome. Above all by the then chairman of the Association of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK), Bishop Weber, in 2009. The occasion was the anniversary “30 years of ACK Saxony-Anhalt” on March 7th and the general meeting on March 11th, 2009 in Berlin (Source)
Weber explained fundamentalism, that is, believers who adhere to the written Word of God, as an “ignorant countermovement against modernism.” The attitudes of these people are not debatable. The bishop declared fundamentalists, regardless of their religion, dangerous. They could not or did not want to accept the answers of others.
Fundamentalists therefore represent the following four (supposed) truths:
Holy Scripture is literally infallible
modern technology and science are void if they contradict Bible belief
only the fundamentalist point of view is a characteristic of the real Christian
a selective denial of the modern political principle of separation of church and state
The ACK chairman at the time also emphasized that the Charter Oecumenica called on the affiliated churches to “have the greatest possible commonality in social and public responsibility”. “It obliges us to share responsibility for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.”
In addition, there should be no entry points at the ACK for such fundamentalists who, for example, believe the report of the 7-day creation to be true (creationism).
At this point, an ACK official is also reminded that the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran churches in the USA jointly declared that the church cannot apostate (“Declaration on the Way”, pos. 9 – Info). This means nothing other than self-ascribed “infallibility”.
Exclusion – demonization – persecution
Anyone who looks at the statutes, agreements and goals set by the Charter Oecumenica will see that this movement, like the Church of Rome itself, is directly opposed to the Gospel (Info). The bottom line is that this ecumenism under the sign of “modernism” means an organized rebellion against God and His statutes. This consequently also means the final persecution of the “fundamentalists” and “closed ideologues” who do not want to and will not join this rebellion because of their loyalty to God.
The openness to the Gospel called for by Pope Francis can safely be ticked off. He does not mean the written word of God, but the doctrine from his own house. The pontiff himself called “evangelization among believers” a “mortal sin” (CNA, May 11, 2018) and denied following Jesus to people who wanted to convert others (Swarajya, December 25, 2019). Those who claim to represent the truth of the Gospel have always been a threat to the Church, the Pope said, according to America – Jesuit Review on June 23, 2021 1)
The exclusion of the “fundamentalists” is already in practice. As usual, the Pontiff of the Church of Rome dresses this practice in well-sounding words. The demonization of Bible faithful people is just beginning. The re-enactment will follow. But these will be the last actions of these ecumenical organizations led by Rome in the spirit of Nimrod.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Bible verses from King James Version
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