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Pope Francis Comes to America

By Justin Johnson

This article was originally published in September of 2015.

This past Thursday an unsaved churchman addressed a joint-session of Congress.

How was this different than business as usual? This churchman was the first to address Congress who wields the ring of papal power, claims to turn crackers into human flesh, and who thinks he can speak infallibly for God.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio – known by the faithful (faithful to the doctrine of works salvation) as Pope Francis – gave a speech to our legislative leaders.

It was the first time in Catholic history that a Pope descended from the Vatican chair to address the Congress of the great western Protestant nation.

For someone who claims apostolic authority from Christ, and claims to be his vicar on earth, the Pope spoke very little of the Lord. You would search in vain in his transcript for any mention of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the Spirit came with power on Peter at Pentecost he testified to the religious and political leaders in Israel of the need for faith in Jesus Christ as King.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

I only bring this up because the Catholic church teaches that Peter was the first Pope, and they assume authority from the keys the Lord gave to him.

What kind of message of salvation was presented by the self proclaimed head of the church? None, as far as I could tell, unless you think salvation comes from more policies, more politics, and less pollution.

When the Lord himself revealed the mystery of the gospel to the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul determined not to know any thing but Christ and him crucified (1 Cor 2:2).

When standing before the philosophers and political leaders of his day, Paul preached the power of the gospel of Christ to resurrect dead men (Acts 26:28-29; Acts 17:30-31). Then again, Paul is not the Pope’s pattern.

What’s that you say? Why would he speak about spiritual issues in front of a political body?

Why wouldn’t he!? He claims a spiritual political position as the Father of princes and kings, and the universal guide of the world. If he did follow Paul’s pattern he would know that the church has been given the position of ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20).

Of course, I expect too much from an unsaved confused churchman.

Why do I say he is unsaved?

His church teaches that saving grace is imputed by eating sanctified crackers and wine. The Roman Catechism teaches baptismal regeneration, and that the gospel of salvation by faith alone is not the true gospel.

Consider the council of Trent that condemned preachers of the gospel of grace alone.

“If any one saith, that baptism is free, that is, not necessary unto salvation; let him be anathema.” – Council of Trent Session VII, Canon V

“If any one saith, that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sins for Christ’s sake; or, that this confidence alone is that whereby we are justified; let him be anathema.” – Council of Trent Session VI, Canon XII

Paul’s response to statements like these is found in Gal 1:8-9.

I know, I know, this is medieval, and Vatican II changed all of this.

But then why is it that we heard more about good deeds and Dorothy Day than the Lord Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16)? Can’t we hear just as much from unsaved Church of Christ elders, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Muslims, or Atheists?

Could it be that the 300 Protestants, 150 Catholics, 30 Jews, and 30 ‘others’ in Congress listening to the unsaved churchman do not really think that the power of God unto salvation is found in the preaching of the cross, but rather in politics?

Of course our elected officials behave no different than the example set by our churches. Every Sunday most churches reject Paul’s pattern of preaching Christ, and bow to the political gospel taken from the kingdom message of Peter.

So it is in America, a country of unsaved churchmen who are trying to bring in a political kingdom, but deny the power of the gospel of Christ for today.

This week Pope Francis came to America.
He must have felt right at home.

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Published: September 26, 2015
Last Modified: September 21, 2019
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