Pope Ahaz

 

I bring this up, because we can see how the Pope wants us to evangelize. The subtlety of his words bring a nuance to what he means. On one hand, he’s saying “Do not try to convert the unbeliever.” By that, he means not to convert them to the faith. His methods are shown above, where he is blessing idols.

The manner in which he wants to do missions is to enable the sinner to stay in sin. We can see in the subtlety of “Welcome homosexuals,” he means to take a pass on their habitual sins.

To be frank, I had just watched a man cast out seventeen demons from the Catholic Church. He was having them recant the Nicene Creed, and the power of the ensemble was casting out demons. One could hear them echoing through the Washington church. The fact is that the power of Christ is real. And the witness that this bishop spoke was about humility, and charity to the poor. But, it was said several dozen times that Jesus was the LORD, and the only LORD. That was a testimony to how the Gospel can cleanse the sinners, even when the alters are dirty.

The Pope is setting a different example. He is recanting points of backsliding for the Catholic church, which though I am not a Catholic, I share the Gospel as they do as my religion, and we Protestants need to stop attacking our Catholic Brethren, when they themselves hold the Gospel truth, too. But, the truth is that this Pope is like Ahaz to the LORD. He is preaching a willing compromise on the faith in order to gain seats in the lector halls. We cannot do this, otherwise we thwart the Gospel of truth. Only Christ can save. And the Catholic Church is battling this problem. When you bless an idol, which is anything we hold as habitual sin, be it something like these statues or homosexuality—and even an iPhone—it is a sin, and the Church needs to stand firmly against it, and preach on charity, as that is the Gospel message the LORD has given to this generation, is to give to the poor, and be charitable. Let the LORD’s people say Amen. Do not compromise on idolatry, which is the sin our nations are most guilty of, that and disobeying the Sabbath, which I admit I had done today.

 

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